And because one post on this topic wasn't enough, I wanted to note a couple more points in follow up to yesterday's post on Marissa Mayer:
1. I really liked this article (even though I nearly didn't read it because of the headline). Read it. The author makes some really good points.
2. Specifically, she makes the point that Marissa Mayer is an outlier. She's not like the rest of us. I tried to get at this in my last post, but I'm not sure I succeeded. But the point is that in this situation, Marissa is an outlier. Therefore, whatever happens for her isn't going to set the precedent for all the rest of us non-CEO women. What it does do is to put a pregnant and soon-to-be-new-mom in a very public spotlight which will hopefully continue to remind corporate America that everyone who can't set their own schedule by virtue of being the CEO still benefits from flexible work arrangements. And paid time off. And ultimately, corporations are better off for allowing it.
3. I cannot believe the amount of blathering and naysaying I've seen all over the interwebz about how Marissa is delusional for thinking she can only take a few weeks off and work through that time. How about this? Instead of expecting her to fail, let's cheer for her to succeed! And instead of assuming she's a naive pregnant lady who hasn't thought this through, let's assume she knows herself and how this pregnancy has gone thus far and is comfortable with her future plans. And also? Let's remember that this isn't set it stone! Sure, this is how she'd like for things to go. But you know what? I'm guessing if something changes, she's flexible enough to roll with it. And she's got the resources to figure out whatever she needs to!
4. Can we please move the discussion from the fact that people are bitching about how short Marissa's maternity leave will be to the fact that a lot of women do not get any paid maternity leave at all? Or even any unpaid time off if their company does not fall within FMLA? Also, has anyone bothered to think about the fact that if another 6 month pregnant woman was hired, she wouldn't be guaranteed ANY time off at ANY place because there is not mandatory maternity leave in this country? Please, can we talk about that for a few minutes?
5. I have another line for the end of the article as well. The author writes, "If an employer whines that a pregnant woman should come right back to work because Marissa Mayer did, then that woman should be smarter and stronger than [the author] was and advocate for herself." I would also argue that that woman should suggest that she be paid as well as Ms. Mayer and have the flexibility to set her own schedule. Then we can talk.